Smash Burger Recipe

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1. Preheat the Cooking Surface 

Begin by preheating a heavy-bottomed skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. You want the surface to be very hot to achieve a nice sear on the burgers. 

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2. Prepare the Ground Beef 

Divide your ground beef into evenly sized portions, typically around 4-6 ounces each. Season each portion generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Optionally, you can mix in other seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, or paprika for added flavor. 

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3. Form the Patties 

Gently shape each portion of seasoned ground beef into a loose ball. You don't want to pack the meat too tightly, as this can result in dense burgers. Place each ball of meat onto a clean surface or cutting board. 

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4. Smash the Burgers 

Once your cooking surface is properly heated, place each ball of meat onto the skillet or griddle, leaving space between them. Immediately use a sturdy spatula or burger press to firmly smash each ball down into a thin patty. Press down evenly to ensure consistent thickness. 

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5. Sear the Patties 

Let the patties cook undisturbed for about 2-3 minutes. During this time, they should develop a nice crust on the bottom. Avoid pressing down on the burgers further as they cook, as this can release juices and result in a less juicy final product. 

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6. Flip the Burgers 

After 2-3 minutes, carefully flip each patty using a spatula. The bottom should be well-seared and slightly crispy. Cook the burgers for an additional 1-2 minutes on the other side, or until they reach your desired level of doneness. 

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7. Add Cheese 

If you're making cheeseburgers, place a slice of cheese on top of each patty during the last minute of cooking. This allows the cheese to melt slightly and adhere to the burger. 

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8. Assemble the Burgers 

Once the patties are cooked to your liking and the cheese is melted, remove them from the heat and transfer them to a plate. Let them rest for a minute. Then, assemble your burgers by placing them on toasted burger buns and adding your desired toppings, such as lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, or mayo. 

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